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Deeply Odd (Odd Thomas #6)

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In the sixth Odd Thomas thriller from master storyteller Dean Koontz, its reluctant hero – a young fry cook with the gift of seeing the dead and the soon-to-be dead – is drawn once more into a murderous encounter.

Coming across a sinister truck driver in the quiet Californian coastal town where he lives, Odd has a vision of three innocent children who will be horribly slaug...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2013)
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Mary
I used to like Koontz's Odd Thomas novels, but they are losing their charm. Part of the problem is the amount of filler. Koontz stuffs the book with dismal thoughts about how the world is devolving into a horrible place, and in this one he actually predicts that it might be America's time to produce a Hitler, Pol Pot, Idi Amin type of leader, one that will wreak havoc on innocent citizens and export horror to the world. There is a good story in here, but a reader has to struggle to stay engaged,...more
Abbey
I hope we'll see a lot more of the limo-racing, pistol-packin' elderly Mrs. Fischer ("call me Edie, dear" - "Yes, ma'am") and her vast network of do-gooders. I've felt sorry for Oddie, being so alone against the...ummm...odds. At the end, she and the perpetually-pregnant Annamaria seemed to already know each other. It would be a great plot development if this invisible support system had been with him through several books and we, the readers, hadn't noticed until Mrs. Fischer points out a few l...more
Debbie
Have you ever been in a relationship which starts out with the other person continually telling you about how well he/she is going to treat you, but time goes by & he/she gets comfortable & lazy & never really delivers on all of those empty words? All build-up, no follow-through. Sure, he/she isn't really a bad person, but you feel so underwhelmed that you grow to resent even the things about him/her that attracted you in the first place. That is how this series is beginning to feel...more
Lynn
I love the Odd Thomas series. Where else can you find such a great hero, genuine good vs. evil stuff, wonderful side characters, and HUMOR in a "horror" book? Koontz intersperses scary sequences with Odd's random musings, which help make him a believable hero, albeit a hero in pretty unusual situations and with some unusual skills... For instance, in the midst of chasing down the villain, he proposes that "although it isn't profound, there are worse mottoes to live by than 'we might as well eat....more
David
I don't expect much from Dean Koontz as a writer other than his ability to create some compelling characters and to weave a good tale. In the first Odd Thomas book that's what I got. But now Koontz has gotten really tiresome with his preachy tone and his homophobic, anti-government paranoia ("'Year by year,the government ever more aggressively militarizes state and local police forces and even its most seemingly benign agencies. In August of last year, the Social Security Administration purchase...more
Jordan Anderson
Let’s be honest ok? Did anyone out there really expect this one to be good? If so, you’re delusional. Admit it: Koontz’s track record has been just ghastly as of late. The guy has let me down so many times that I would be flat out surprised if anything decent came out of this newest Odd novel. Well, clearly as you can see, my prediction proved true. “Deeply Odd” was awful.

Really though, should this even come as a shock? Before we delve into the waste of paper (or hard drive space since mine was...more
Tucker Elliot
Dean Koontz wrote some great horror books early in his career. In recent years he’s evolved into a writer who not only tells a great story but who can also be relied on to create a deeper “layer” or “current” beneath the surface of the book that serves to inspire or exalt morality and virtuous behavior. Koontz did this masterfully in Odd Thomas, the first book in this series – creating a great protagonist that was heroic, witty, loyal, but also a bit flawed.

I enjoyed the subsequent books in the...more
Nmonk
It is a tragedy when a character with as much potential as Odd Thomas get treated like this. It's like when the kid you went to high school with, who everyone expected to go to Harvard, instead decides to do meth and shows up on World's Dumbest with all his teeth rotted out. What a waste.

The original Odd Thomas is probably my favorite book by Dean Koontz. I adored it, I found the characters refreshing and charming, and it was a novel take on the psychic detective genre. But, alas, it couldn't l...more
Brian
It almost pains me to do so, but I have to rate an Odd Thomas novel below four stars.

Here's the reason: Dean Koontz is lousing up one of my favorite creations of his with long, rambling paragraphs and inner monologues that never seem to end. True, Odd has always been a very self-reflective character; after all, it's from his perspective that Koontz has told all of the Odd Thomas stories so far. The problem is that Odd's musings are starting to get in the way of the storyline.

Nowhere is this more...more
Johnny
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Dale
This book was a first reads giveaway. Thank you to Random House Publishing for the opportunity to read it.

This book started off very good. Odd Thomas happens upon a trucker that his sixth sense tells him is evil. But the glorious truck, a ProStar+, draws him in. When he steps for a closer look, his six sense may prove to be right. On Odd Thomas' trek he is stumbled upon by Edie Fischer, which turns out to be his metaphysical guide. She is a solidly written character who in my eyes is the bright...more
Zoeytron
This is the first Dean Koontz book I have read in years. What happened, man? This was a rambling mess of pop culture references with a heavy-handed side of commentary on the state of our country.

The premise was so-so. The character of the 80-something Edie who hired Odd as a chauffeur but who continued to do her own driving was diverting. And okay, the reference made to 'vampire-movie stupid' tickled my funny bone. Not enough meat to make it worth slogging through the rest of it. Very disappoin...more
Ananda
Aug 09, 2012 Ananda marked it as to-read
I know I just finished Odd#5 but I want another one now please. I love Odd Thomas, absolutely one of my favorite written characters!
Carol
While I have thoroughly enjoyed the "Odd Thomas" series by Dean Koontz, I have to admit that books 2-5, while very well written, were just a little too fantastical at times. "Deeply Odd" has come full circle (which is very meaningful in the story itself) in that it reminds me not only of the first book, "Odd Thomas," but also why I love the series so much. Odd is at his best, and oddest, while facing down evil in its true form. While I have read some reviews which bemoaned the philosophizing, ev...more
Barry Simiana
To say that I am entranced with the Odd Thomas series would be a gross understatement. I love the fact that Dean Koontz has finally stepped past the max 2 book barrier and gone to 5 with more to come in this series. Oddie as a character is brilliant, self deprecating, instinctive, quick witted and witty (not necessarily available as a package in regular people). True, there are some glaring coincidences in to series but that's a part of Odd's life.

This book is a little wordier, gets a lot deeper...more
Watchingthewords
Deeply Odd is the seventh book in the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. What I love about this series is the character of Odd Thomas – the story lines are odd as well – demons, time travel, dark spirits, anything unbelievable and strange can find its way into these books. They might not be the type of books that would hold my attention if it was not for Odd Thomas himself. A fry cook who can see the spirits of the dead and helps them to move on – he is quirky, witty, humorous, trusting, humble,...more
Marcia
I have always enjoyed Dean Koontz more than any other writer of modern horror, bar none. In addition to his ability to scare the bejeebers out of me, he always writes with compassion, and with a great respect and love for the women in his stories. It never fails to convince me that Koontz is a man who actually understands both love and grace. The entire Odd Thomas series is a perfect example of this, and Oddie is one of the most admirable and memorable characters I’ve ever enjoyed spending time...more
Audrey Maran
I'm not entirely sure what I thought about Deeply Odd. I guess it was 'okay.' It was more quickly paced and entertaining than I was expecting after Odd Apocalypse. Maybe my low expectations are what made this book a little bit better than the last for me. Maybe it was that I read it in a car and on a plane when not much else is entertaining. Or maybe it was just written better than the last. Either way, not an awful book, but it still lacks the enchanting balance of strangeness, horror, beauty a...more
Jordyn Redwood
This truly pains me to rate this book so low. Ugh.

I am a HUGE Dean Koontz fan. Read any of my author interviews and you'll see this is true. I would love to write with a tenth of his talent so this doesn't diminish my love for him and his writings.

Sadly, however, I didn't LOVE this book.

I had read the first two Odd Thomas books and then abandoned the series for a while. Not because I didn't enjoy them but just busy discovering new authors, learning the writing craft and writing my own novels.

Thi...more
Kathy Davie

Sixth in the Odd Thomas lite horror series revolving around a young man who sees ghosts and feels compelled to help people. It's been 19 months since Stormy died.

My Take
This is an Odd adventure with very little of Annamarie, who appears as almost a cameo. Instead, Koontz is introducing a new branch of characters who help. In some respects this was somewhat same-same with a a descent into cliché, and yet it did have some terrifying moments. Mostly, however, this was a confusing story. I didn't un...more
Benjamin Thomas
I really like the character of Odd Thomas which is the only thing that keeps me coming back to these books. I like his view on life and how he always tries to do the right thing even if it means killing people (not murdering) to do it. His outlook is refreshing, generally, and the situations he finds himself in can be humorous or trecherous or anything in between. And this novel introduces a delightful new character who does not appear to be quite what she seems.

But I had to knock this one down...more
Barbara ★
I really liked the plot but found the story itself very repetitive and Odd did a whole lot of babbling and reiterating highlights from previous books. At the end of Odd Apocalypse, Odd takes AnnaMaria and Tim with him and they both appear briefly at the beginning of this installment but then Odd meets mysterious Edie Fischer, an 86 year old lady who speaks like AnnaMaria - in enigmatic riddles. Edie has contacts in the black market and brings Odd into a whole new world so to speak of guns and co...more
Mark
Is it me, or is Odd Thomas doing more proselytizing and less interacting with dead people these days? The charm of Odd has been that he takes his exceptional circumstances with a sense of innocent resignation. This time out he nearly whimpered "poor me" as he strapped on loads of predictable weaponry before stalking one-dimensional evil doers (which apparently must always include at least one U.S. Senator and a popular female singer). Odd has every right to feel sorry for himself, but it doesn't...more
Neha
I was dreading this book would be more depressing than the ones before, getting at that like JKR’s Harry Potter became progressively darker towards the end. But seems like Koontz puts the scales back in balance here. Yes, the villain’s bad, unspeakable, but we see an introduction of equally hope-lifting characters.

I hated the fact that nothing much is explained, in the first few books, of satanic cults and their beliefs, of the significance of the complex underground facility under Pico Mundo, e...more
J.T. Therrien
This is the seventh book in Dean Koontz' Odd Thomas series and I think this one is the best.

I can't say much about the plot details, since much of anything new would be a spoiler, but suffice to say that there are a few surprises in store for followers of this series! Koontz also introduces interesting new characters as he simultaneously heightens the evil that Odd Thomas must confront.

We are also given further, tiny, glimpses into Annamaria's role and I, for one, keep reading these Odd Thomas n...more
Becky Johnson
Odd Thomas is one of my favorite characters. He seems both incredibly wise and also somehow innocent despite everything he has done. His books are both comic and terrifying in turn.

I have loved every Odd Thomas book, but the first one, Odd Thomas, has always been my favorite. I think Deeply Odd now challenges that. Deeply Odd is Dean Koontz at his best, with Odd Thomas at his best. Touching, comic, terrifying, and deep.

I could not put Deeply Odd down.
David Ahearn
i used to really enjoy the odd thomas books however i am quickly losing interest due to the amount of political commentary that is woven into the inner thoughts of the main character... it seems like oddie is watching WAY too much Fox news and i hope the author figures out he is alienating at least half the readers with these anti government rants
Eyehavenofilter
Although most of Thomas's conversations are with those from beyond, at least he has some who will actually talk with him as he pursues justice and peace. Which I fi d odd since most humans could care less about such things. It took awhile to vet on board but I'll be picking up another " odd" book soon.
Julie Kellner
I thoroughly enjoyed this Odd Thomas story one of the best in the series. It was like reading the early Koontz books full of edge of the seat action
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